More Than Rhyme: Poetry Fundamentals   Western Reserve Public Media

Teacher Materials


Download the More Than Rhyme: Poetry Fundamentals teacher guide. (PDF file)


Student Handouts (PDF files)

Supplemental Activities

Poetry Notes (use with all lesson plans)


Introduction to Poetry

The Power of Emotion


Tools Used in Poetry

“Love Song”

“Throw Away”

“Things Shouldn’t Be So Hard”

Samples of Double Denotation

Formative Evaluation

Connotative Sets

“Hazel Tells Laverne”

“Rich or Poor?”

“Richard Cory”

“The Harbor”


“Strong Iron Hands”

“Charge of the Light Brigade”

“The Dance”


“Funeral Blues”

“The Groundswell”

“Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout”

“Eleanor Rigby”

“Traveling Through the Dark”


Tools Used in Poetry

Sample Bio-Similes

“Turn the Page”

Lyrics from TLC’s “Waterfalls”

Lyrics from Smash Mouth’s “All That Glitters”

“The Road Not Taken”

“The Rose”

“Persephone, Falling”

“Drops of Jupiter”

“Mother to Son”

Excerpt From “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”

Exceprt From “Grenade”

“A Red, Red Rose”

“The Constant Lover”

Juliet’s Lines From “Romeo and Juliet”

“Useless Things”

“The History Teacher”

“Death Stands Above Me, Whispering Low”


“The Gastronomic Gym”

“Because I Could Not Stop for Death”

“Root Cellar”


Applying the Tools

Example: Writing a Poem

Poetry Exam

Evaluating Poetry Exam

A Poetry Read (PDF file)


Poetry Tools (PDF file)


What Poetry Tool Am I? (slide show)

What Poetry Tool Am I? (PowerPoint file)


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Why Teach Poetry? Resources Teacher Materials Watch Online Introduction to Poetry Tools Used in Poetry Applying the Tools